exoplanet scientist @ Uni of Edinburgh

  • Turn off the stars: Image processing and astronomy

    November 26, 2021 by

    Picture a two-dimensional grid, like a chessboard or a piece of graph paper. Each square on the grid contains a tower of blocks. These towers come in different heights, ranging from zero to 255. “Towers” with zero blocks are black, towers with 255 blocks are white, and every number in between is a shade of… Read more

  • Can mentoring help poets thrive?

    November 24, 2021 by

    How important has mentoring been in the creative industries? This is what Professor Will May from the University of Southampton in the UK is trying to determine. He has used his findings to establish Poetry Ambassadors, a mentoring programme to support young poets and help them to develop their creative abilities. Read the article at Futurum Careers!

  • How poverty contributes to antimicrobial resistance

    November 10, 2021 by

    Overuse of antimicrobial drugs creates dangerous resistant strains of microorganisms. Yet in some places of the world today, it is impossible to get by without them. Medical anthropologists Professor Clare Chandler and Susan Nayiga, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, study how conditions in Uganda force residents to rely on antibiotics on a daily… Read more

  • How do we get more women on company boards?

    August 18, 2021 by

    Despite progress in recent years, women remain underrepresented on company boards. This is a problem: research shows that companies with women in top positions benefit in numerous ways, including through networking and family-friendly policies. Dr Helen Kowalewska of the University of Oxford is investigating differences in countries’ social policies to understand how the UK could improve gender diversity at… Read more

  • A virtual reality avatar

    What if we could do psychology experiments in virtual reality?

    August 11, 2021 by

    Virtual reality is opening new doors for research in psychology. Based at the University of Kent in the UK, Professor Markus Bindemann and his team build photorealistic, 3D avatars in virtual reality to study face perception and person perception. Read the article at Futurum Careers!

  • What’s the matter with British bread? Sustainability consulting for community benefit society Scotland the Bread

    April 21, 2021 by

    As the child of a German mother, I grew up with German food. Not pretzels and Currywurst–which is essentially street food–but liverwurst and salami, jam and Nutella and Pflaumenmuss (plum butter), cheeses, Bratkartoffel (fried potatoes), Milchreis (rice pudding), Hanuta, Milka, and Kinder eggs, and of course, lots of bread. Germans eat bread with toppings for… Read more

  • High haze over Titan seen during fly-by

    Earth the exoplanet

    March 10, 2021 by

    Compared to exoplanets, we know a lot about the Earth. It’s our home planet and the one that shapes our expectations when we study other worlds. Planetary science evolved out of Earth science. Exoplanet models started out as Earth climate models. Yet research on Earth throughout its history shows that the climate has been very… Read more

  • A cross section of clouds on Proxima Centauri b

    Water cloud, acid cloud, iron cloud

    February 10, 2021 by

    A little while ago my kitchen sink had a serious clog. The emergency plumber worked on it for two hours. After failing to clear it with the manual plumbing snake and the much larger, electric plumbing snake, he finally tossed in the towel and poured a bottle of 80% sulphuric acid (chemical formula H2SO4) down… Read more

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